The OPTIONS Program applications due!

September 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

OPTIONS = Opportunities for PhDs: Transitions, Industry Options, Networking, and Skills

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative by the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies and the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) to support PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who wish to explore career options.

Take a deep dive into career management with an eleven-week, non-credit program facilitated by faculty and professional development experts. This program allows participants to: 1) reflect on their strengths, desires, interests, and personal qualities to formulate a career exploration plan; 2) practice communicating their skills and experiences using job application strategies; and 3) learn about tools for exploring career possibilities that align with their career goals. See the full schedule here.

The program will take place on Tuesday Sept 25 from 1 – 3 pm and Monday Oct 1 to Dec 10 from 1 – 3 pm (exclusive of Oct 8).

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Selection Criteria

  • U of T Engineering PhD students (completed qualifying and/or comprehensive exams) or post-doctoral fellow
  • Strong interest in developing personal and professional skills beyond research and technical knowledge
  • Curious about career exploration and career options
  • Eager to participate in group discussions
  • Willingness to support peer’s career preparation

Application Process

Applications are due Wednesday September 19 at 1:00 pm. Accepted applicants will be notified by Thursday September 20.

The OPTIONS program is designed as an integrated sequence of sessions, and participants will benefit most by attending all eleven sessions. We expect participants to attend at least nine out of eleven sessions. To ensure commitment, participants must submit a $100 deposit. The deposit will be returned on the eleventh session provided that the participant attends nine out of eleven sessions. No participant will be turned away due to finances. Please contact Teresa Didiano, Special Programs Coordinator, ILead ( with any questions or concerns.

Apply now!